July 2018 Issue

Fly The Airplane

When, not if, a door pops open at liftoff, either land on the runway remaining or fly the airplane around the pattern.

Fly personal airplanes long enough and youíll eventually have to deal with an open door or window. Usually itís a cabin entry door that someone forgot to fully latch. Usually. Sometimes itís a baggage door, and there goes your luggage, sliding down the runway at 70 knots. The thing is, inadvertent door or window openings typically occur at or shortly after lifting off from a runway, because thatís when the changes in air pressure in and outside the airplane tend to find any weak spots.

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